SmallBizPod - the small business podcast

SmallBizPod is the weekly podcast dedicated to small business, start-ups and entrepreneurs. News, views, interviews and practical advice.

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SmallBizPod #100 – Martin Pellew, British Chambers of Commerce
6 Jan 2013 @ 09:59 am

This week in SmallBizPod #100, Jane Tchan, editor of SmallBizPod, speaks to the president of the British Chambers of Commerce, Martin Pellew, about what 2013 will mean for startups, small businesses and would-be entrepreneurs, and finding out about some of his organisation’s plans to support businesses to grow and create jobs.

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SmallBizPod #99 – interview with Tanya Wheway, chairman of Wheway Lifestyle International
29 Apr 2012 @ 08:08 am

This week in SmallBizPod #99, Jane Tchan, editor of SmallBizPod, interviews Tanya Wheway, chairman of Wheway Lifestyle International on how she and her husband became pioneers of the modern health farm movement and went on to build an international consultancy and management services company. She also gives advice on how to take the stress out of running a business.

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SmallBizPod #98 – Finding Funding – Angels & VCs
6 Jan 2011 @ 10:14 am

This week SmallBizPod #98, the small business podcast brought to you in association with the British Library's Business & Intellectual Property Centre, continues the Going For Growth series with interviews with Bill Morrow, founder of online angel network Angels Den and Daniel Waterhouse of European Venture Capital firm Wellington Partners.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what's coming up in the podcast and an introduction to the British Library's Business & IP Centre and how it supports growing businesses exploring funding and finance options.

Features:

? Interviews with Daniel Waterhouse, partner at Wellington Partners one of Europe's largest venture capital firms and Bill Morrow, founder of online angel network Angels Den. Alex and Daniel talk about which businesses are right for VC funding, how entrepreneurs should prepare themselves for the challenges of running a VC-backed business, which sectors are currently attracting the attention of venture capitalists and examine the state of the VC market. Bill and Alex discuss how to refine your pitch to angel investors, the secrets of appealing to early stage investors, valuations, and how the recession failed to dent angels' appetites for investments in early stage growth businesses.

SmallBizPod #97 – John Griffin of Addison Lee
19 Nov 2010 @ 03:14 am

This week SmallBizPod #97, the small business podcast brought to you in association with the British Library's Business & Intellectual Property Centre, begins a new series called Going For Growth and begins with an interview with John Griffin, the founder and chairman of Addison Lee, Europe's largest mini-cab company.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what's coming up in the podcast and an introduction to the British Library's Business & IP Centre which offers free access to business and intellectual property information, workshops, networking events and one-to-one advice sessions for businesses of all sizes from startups to growing enterprises.

Features:

? Interview with John Griffin, the founder and chairman of Addison Lee, Europe's biggest mini-cab company. Alex and John discuss his extraordinary business story where a chance meeting with a man in a pub lead to John seizing an opportunity to build a business which began with one man in a leaky Battersea office with a bucket to catch the rain coming through the roof. John talks about how he grew Addison Lee to become one of the best known London private hire transport companies, his management style, how to motivate staff and dealing with the pressures of life leading a growth company. Lots of great advice on leading a team, managing growth, staying positive, keeping business simple and staying grounded as your company becomes successful.

SmallBizPod #96 – interview with Bill Liao co-founder of Xing
6 May 2010 @ 07:00 am

This week SmallBizPod #96, the small business podcast includes an interview with Bill Liao, entrepreneur and co-founder of the business social networking site Xing, on leadership, funding, social enterprise and his business philosophy set out in a new book – Stone Soup.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what's coming up in the podcast with thanks to sponsors Bibby Financial Services, XLN Telecom and Audible.co.uk.

Features:

? Interview with Bill Liao, co-founder of business social networking site Xing, on his new book Stone Soup, his business philosophy and how language and positive thinking can bring about change. Alex and Bill discuss the importance of bootstrapping and micro-angel funding, why VC funding is a broken model, leadership and the importance of story-telling in creating something from nothing in business and in life. The conversation also examines social entrepreneurship and Bill's philanthropic startup, Neo.org.

?MusicDenis Rusnak
“Nature Is Chill”
from “My Chillroom”
(Kotangens)

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SmallBizPod #95 – Enterprising Young Brits Jamie Murray Wells & Priya Lakhani
16 Feb 2010 @ 12:36 pm

This week SmallBizPod #95, the young entrepreneurs podcast includes an interview Jamie Murray Wells of Glasses Direct and Priya Lakhani of Masala Masala. Both are previous winners of Enterprising Young Brits and have a wealth of insight for new business owners young and old.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what's coming up in the podcast.

Features:

?SmallBizPod #100 will be recorded at Thrive! London on Thursday 25th February. Over a hundred people are registered to attend, but there are still a few tickets left. Use code ‘smallbizpod' to grab a free ticket.


? Interview with two enterprising young Brits, Priya Lakhani of Masala Masala and Jamie Murray Wells of Glasses Direct. Alex, Jamie and Priya discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a young entrepreneur, the importance of education, research and how to take calculated, rather than unnecessary risks when starting a business. Jamie also talks about why Glasses Direct is advertising on TV, mentoring and seeking advice to supplement your own skills. Priya reveals how she rapidly built Masala Masala into a successful business as the recession kicked in and how speed of execution is vital.

?MusicBurkina Electric
“Sankar Yaaré”
from “Paspanga”
(Cantaloupe Music)

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SmallBizPod #94 – Wendy Tan White and the Moonfruit story
7 Dec 2009 @ 03:38 am

This week SmallBizPod #94, the small business podcast includes an interview with Wendy Tan White, co-founder in 1999 of Moonfruit. A fascinating story of a decade of business and web startup survival and growth from one of the UK's best known female web/tech entrepreneurs.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what's coming up in the podcast.

Features:

?SmallBizPod #100 will be recorded at four events around the UK in February 2010. Do check out Thrive and we hope to see you there in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham or London for an evening of top entrepreneurs and your chance to be both on the panel and on SmallBizPod.


? Interview with Wendy Tan White of Moonfruit, the diy website builder on 10 years in business on the internet and the amazing story of the ups and downs of her own entrepreneurial journey. From early days moving from Egg to becoming a startup co-founder through the dot.com boom, huge investment & TV advertising through to the crash and a rebuilding of the business almost from scratch. Alex and Wendy talk about what it takes to stick in there as an entrepreneur when things get tough, growing viable businesses on the web and the controversy sparked by the Twitter campaign that went viral. Plenty of excellent advice and inspiration for businesses on and off the web about determination, persistence, finance and building a community.

?Music Mantis
“What? (feat. Justis)”
from “Still Life”
(Brick Records)

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SmallBizPod #93 – interview with Brad Burton of 4Networking
26 Nov 2009 @ 03:23 am

This week SmallBizPod #93, the small business podcast, features an interview with the energetic and extraordinary Brad Burton, founder of 4Networking on networking, sales, the loneliness of the small business owner and getting off your arse.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what's coming up in this week's podcast and a big welcome to Uncle Spats.

Features:

?Thanks to XLN Telecom for sponsoring. As specialists in the small business telecoms and broadband market, they have some great deals for your business and focus on superb customer service too.

?Thanks too to Audible.co.uk for their sponsorship of SmallBizPod and don't forget to download your free copy of All Marketers Are Liars by the legend that is Seth Godin using the offer for SmallBizPod readers and listeners to claim a free audio book.

Features:

? Interview with the tidal wave of energy and insight that is Brad Burton, founder and MD of 4Networking. Definitely one of the biggest entrepreneurial characters around in the UK at the moment. This interview first appeared on the SmallBizPod Sales edition hosted by the inimitable Uncle Spats, so please head over there and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes if you enjoy this one. Spats and Brad talk about the benefits of networking, sales and lead generation, overcoming the challenges of low and no sales and the loneliness of the first time small business owner and much more in an outrageously entertaining interview.

? Don't forget to let us have your feedback on what topics you'd like to see covered in the SmallBizPod Sales podcast. If you have five minutes, please let us know in this quick survey on sales.

?Music Ana Popovic
“Get Back Home to You”
from “Blind for Love”
(Eclecto Groove Records)

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SmallBizPod #92 – web startups, shooting for the moon or nailing the business model?
12 Nov 2009 @ 09:55 am

This week SmallBizPod #92, the podcast for startups and entrepreneurs, focuses on the world of UK web startups, funding in the current climate, and the dilemma of shooting for the moon or building revenue early. Includes interviews with Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch Europe, Wil Harris of Channel Flip and Silicon Valley veteran Scott Rafer.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what to expect in this week's podcast.

Features:

?Thanks to XLN Telecom for sponsoring. As specialists in the small business telecoms and broadband market, they have some great deals for your business and focus on superb customer service too.

?Thanks too to Audible.co.uk for their sponsorship of SmallBizPod and don't forget to download your free copy of Felix Dennis's superb How To Get Rich using the offer for SmallBizPod readers and listeners to claim a free audio book.


? Interviews recorded at a recent TechCrunch London event exploring the challenges and opportunities of starting a web business in a difficult economic climate, the availability or otherwise of funding from angels and VCs, and some perspective on the web hot house that is Silicon Valley from a US serial entrepreneur. Alex interviews Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch Europe, Wil Harris, founder of ChannelFlip.com, Julian Ranger of Social Safe, Steven Renwick of Affect Labs and Silicon Valley veteran Scott Rafer and discusses web businesses shooting for the moon vs those that are building revenue early.

?Music Drake
“Newest Leaf”
from “The Drake LP”
(Dope Lotus Records)

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SmallBizPod #91 – interview with Roger Bootle on the Trouble With Markets
16 Oct 2009 @ 11:57 am

This week SmallBizPod #91, the small business podcast, includes an interview with renowned economist Roger Bootle on his book The Trouble with Markets, the causes and way out of recession and what it means for small businesses.

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Show Notes

Summary

Intro:

? Alex on what to expect in this week's podcast.

Features:

? Thanks to Audible.co.uk for their sponsorship SmallBizPod and an offer for SmallBizPod readers and listeners to claim a free audio book of their choice by signing up to a 14 day trial with Audible. Thanks too to XLN Telecom for sponsoring. As specialists in the small business telecoms and broadband market, they have some great deals for your business and focus on superb customer service too.

? Interview with Roger Bootle, one of the City of London's best known economists on his new book The Trouble with Markets: Saving Capitalism From Itself, the origins of the recession and financial collapse, who's to blame, the problem with super-savers and the implications for small businesses. Alex and Roger discuss how China and economists got us into this mess, the problem with free markets, what governments need to do next, the economic outlook for small businesses and possible ways out from what he calls The Great Implosion.

?Music with thanks to SmallBizPod listener Fitzpatrick Mauldin for his latest progressive house track, Will I Ever Love Again?